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Female cat, when it's neutered will most possibly have the wound on the side. We can just show, say around here and obviously stitches. So you need to keep an eye on her, keep her quiet and look out for her perhaps licking the wound. If you see her doing this, then your vet will have provided you with a collar to put on her, so she cannot reach around to perhaps pull the stitches out and open the wound up. And you just have to keep an eye and make sure that the wound is kept clean and dry and in 10 days you would take her back and have her stitches removed.

So, sometimes the collars themselves can cause a little bit of distress from the dogs with them, they run around. Are cats very similar like that?

Yeah, I mean, obviously if she had the collar on, she'd be somewhere quiet. You wouldn't let her out with the collar on because she could get trapped. And yeah, it can be quite stressful for them so you need to put them in a place where they are familiar and keep her as quiet as you can really.

So, in an ideal world the stitches come out and it's all over, but what about if there was a potential for infection or how would it be shown in a cat to just say that it's a little bit unwell and you need to get it to the vet?

Yeah, I mean, if the wound became infected, then you would notice around the wound looking a little bit red. And obviously, if there was an infection, you would see the infection as well and the cat would become quiet, dull and listless. In this case, you need to get her back to the vet as soon as possible.

So we have spoken a bit about female cats, but what about the boys? Is that a good idea? Obviously, they are not going to have kittens, but surely they can produce a few more.

Yes, yeah, very important to have your male neutered. Obviously the same, go to the vet, book him in by the time he's six months old and the aftercare will be similar really. Keep the cat in a nice, dry, warm place. Keep him quiet in general. If he was licking around the area you can use the same type of collar to stop him being able to do that until it's all healed.

Is it better with the male cats, will they stay at home more if they've been neutered, maybe they would wander more if they are...

Yeah, definitely. It's much better to have them neutered, because as I said, they can become fertile when they are six months old and when their hormones come in, a male cat will start spraying to mark his territory. Obviously, if you have your cat inside, you don't want it to do that. So it's advisable to have it done as early as your vet will allow. Some vets do neuter early as well. It's a definite with a male cat, even moreso than a female because they will start spraying around your house.

Not very pleasant.

No, not very pleasant at all.

And if you get a rescue cat, they are usually always neutered anyway.

Yes, they are. It's their policy to neuter anything before it's re-homed.